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Community 'wealth creation' summit on tap

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Thomas VanBenschoten, who is one of the chairmen of the Economic Development Corp.’s media task force, sent material over the other day that caught my eye. Ed Barlow is coming to town October 12. Who is Ed Barlow? Ed is a futurist. When I think of a futurist I think of the Herman Group that… Continue Reading Community 'wealth creation' summit on tap

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Lowe's comes out on short end of survey

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When it comes to shopping for home improvement supplies, Home Depot beats Lowe’s in a landslide nationally, at least according to a Zogby Consumer Profile survey. Respondents were asked which home improvement store they preferred to shop at. Fifty-two percent picked Home Depot. Thirty-one percent chose Lowe’s and 18 percent picked another store or were… Continue Reading Lowe's comes out on short end of survey

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Injustice and destruction of Sarbanes-Oxley

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Imagine opening tomorrow’s newspaper and reading this: “Citing all-too-frequent child abuse and neglect, Congress has proposed the Parenting Reform Act. Under the proposed law, all parents must sign a sworn statement pledging that they have not ’caused unreasonable physical harm or danger’ to their children. To verify their compliance, all parents will be required to… Continue Reading Injustice and destruction of Sarbanes-Oxley

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Herman Trend Alert

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The incomparable damage caused by Hurricane Katrina will have unexpected impacts on the work force. The repair and rebuilding of a vast area – including one of America’s major cities and ports – will require a tremendous investment. Damage assessment and clean-up will be an enormous undertaking. Insurance adjustors from around the country are already… Continue Reading Herman Trend Alert

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A plan for out-of-control health insurance costs

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Would you believe that Uncle Sam will pay for up to 39 percent of your health care costs? It’s true, if you are enrolled in a health savings account (HSA). But HSAs offer benefits far beyond subsidized health care, and could go a long way in helping solve our health care crisis. An HSA pairs… Continue Reading A plan for out-of-control health insurance costs

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Too much bad news? Here's the 'Happy Talk'

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Vectra Bank’s corporate economist Jeff Thredgold has released his semi-annual update of “Happy Talk.” If the name isn’t enough, it’s basically a listing of what’s “good” economically – as opposed to the “bad” news that normally gets the biggest play by many media sources. Here are some snippets: U.S. economic growth has been rock-solid. The… Continue Reading Too much bad news? Here's the 'Happy Talk'

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Charitable legislation changes are coming

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In 2004, $248.5 billion was given to charity by individuals, corporations and foundations. Approximately 80 percent of those charitable dollars were given by individuals. More likely than not, a few of your hard earned dollars are included in that number. With your personal philanthropy in mind, I thought you might be interested in changes to… Continue Reading Charitable legislation changes are coming

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Making the most of your 72 cents

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Everyone likes to get the most bang for their buck. A pleasant reality is the mileage we get out of a 72 cent investment every single day in Colorado Springs. Seventy-two cents… can you remember when gas was 72 cents a gallon or a loaf of bread was 72 cents? For just 72 cents per… Continue Reading Making the most of your 72 cents

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Protestors send wrong message to our enemies

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Dear Editor: With all the media coverage about the war protestors and their lack of support for our troops, I felt I had to say something. We live in a country where people have the right to speak their mind and protest and, as a fighter pilot in Vietnam with 323 combat missions, I signed… Continue Reading Protestors send wrong message to our enemies

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Job vacancies rising, but give me a tin cup

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The Denver Business Journal reported last week that, according to a survey by the Downtown Denver Business Improvement District and the Denver Office of Economic Development, residents of the Mile High City give panhandlers about $4.6 million a year. I’m not aware of any similar studies conducted here in the Springs, but based on U.S.… Continue Reading Job vacancies rising, but give me a tin cup

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